AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.

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AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.
SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745.
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.

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AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.
SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
4 parts in 2 volumes. 8vo (190 x 118 mm). General title, 4 section titles, volume I: engraved portrait of the author in its second state, 6 engraved plates comprising 4 maps and 2 plans, G6 and 2E8 in volume II cancels. Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed. Custom folding morocco-backed cloth case.
Provenance: Sir Richard Bedingfeld (1767–1829, Armorial bookplate); Herbert L. Carlebach (morocco ex-libris, his sale, Parke Bernet, New York, January 20, 1948, lot 915).

A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, TEERINK A, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF, of Swift's masterpiece — and one of the most important works in all of English literature. "Of all the works of eighteenth-century English literature, it is probably Gulliver's Travels that is the best-known and most widely read today" (ODNB). Swift was one of the greatest satirists of his time, hiding behind his various noms de plume, he poked fun at the social and political issues of the day, "the Prince of pamphleteers and satirists" (PMM). "Gulliver's Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame ... has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable" (PMM 185). Fine copies of Gulliver in contemporary bindings rarely appear at auction. ESTC T139451; Rothschild 2104; Teerink 289 "A" edition.
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AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE COPY OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
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